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Wherever You Are

Wherever You Are

The angels said to the shepherds, “To you is born this day … a Savior.” And once the angels had gone, the shepherds headed into Bethlehem to see for themselves. What they found there was an exhausted young mother. A vigilant new father. And a baby. A baby lying in a...
Discovering Jesus’ Midwife

Discovering Jesus’ Midwife

God was born. Just let that sink in. The architect of galaxies and protons, the maker of hard iron and tender flesh, the infinite, all-powerful source from which all things come to be and upon which the entire cosmos depends, became a human. And God did it just like...
Being Light

Being Light

When our now-adult children were small, we would pile into the car after supper and ride around looking at Christmas lights. We deliberately chose neighborhoods whose streets were lined with glittering homes and with yards dotted by illuminated crèches, snowmen, and...
Imagining Jesus

Imagining Jesus

[Listen to Audio] Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without Nativity Scenes. Artisans fashion the holy family from ceramic or wood or stone. Mass-produced plastic figures illuminate front yards. A nativity scene constructed from bacon showed up on my Facebook news feed....
White Trash Christmas

White Trash Christmas

In the rural, small-town Deep South, people still frequently get acquainted by asking some version of the question, “Who are your people?” It’s intended as a friendly gesture. Some families have lived in the same town—and even attended the same church—for as long as...
In the Flesh

In the Flesh

Listen to AudioHealing happens gradually. Whether we’ve suffered a cut or broken a limb, our flesh takes time to mend. The same can be said for our hearts. Neither mourning the loss of a loved one nor forgiving a betrayal happens in an instant.We cannot force the...